I'm just about finishing up on a rebuild
of a 63' steel
shrimp boat down here in New Iberia, Louisiana. We've been working on it now for about 16 months both in a boatyard and now at the town marina and it's been one hell of an experience.
So far we've; removed all the fishing gear
and booms etc, gutted the whole boat down to a steel
shell, removed the cabin
and half the bulkheads, rebuilt the fuel tanks
to half the original size, built a stateroom in the bow with stairs, reconfigured the engine
room, took out the 12/71 DD and put in a 8/71, built a new cabin
15'w 45'l 8'h, put in a bathroom and shower
, replaced about half the bottom steel, new windows and doors,and new restaurant style kitchen. We did keep the shaft, prop, and trans and rudder
. All in all, a whole lotta steel work.
Probably should have just started from scratch with an all new boat, but I wanted the old funky shrimp boat look and feel and I certainly got it. No one's going to mistake me for a Nordhavn.
All the systems on board, the plumbing
, hydraulic, steering
,etc are simple, simple, simple. For fresh water
we have two hull tanks
with a total of 1500 gls, a 12v pump, and a 100 gl tank on the roof, gravity fed and heated by the sun. Rainwater from the 900 sq ft roof deck
fills the tanks. Drinking water
is a separate 325 gl tank.
It's sort of a floating loft space that will go anywhere we're crazy enough to point it. What of course we don't have is the comfort and luxury of a finely appointed yacht, but when we were running around the country looking at all the great yachts out there available at really good prices, we just couldn't see ourselves living in a tricked out trailer.
Out the door cost? About 220k for a floating steel box with systems. Talk to me a year from now.